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Advertise my boat – If you’ve decided to sell a boat, you probably want to get it moved quickly. Maybe because you’d like to purchase a new boat,  a lack of time, or you’ve had a change of circumstances. This boat selling guide will provide useful information to sell and advertise a boat.

There are a number of important steps to successfully sell a boat.


– Price it right.

First of all, price can vary considerably. Even when comparing two boats that are the same make, model and age. Similarly, valuations can depend on upgrades and maintenance schedules.  Furthermore, valuations can fluctuate with location and how anxious the seller is to move the boat on.

– Advertising

Effective advertising shows what your boat looks like and sells the dream. Use well written and accurate descriptions with high quality photos. Quality advertising in marine websites as well as brokerage adverts in the boating magazines will really help your boat to sell.

– Legalities

It is vital to ensure the relevant legal processes are followed. This includes contracts, title documentation,  bills of sale and the original VAT invoice.

– First impressions matter.

A clean and tidy boat inside and out will create a positive first impression. Removing personal items, a good spruce up inside in addition to a pressure wash and anti-foul will work wonders. It is a good idea to check everything is running correctly. Potential buyers always love to hear about recently serviced engines!

– Viewings

Accessible viewing improves the performance of a boat sale. It is often worth moving the boat somewhere with a high volume of potential buyers.
Furthermore, potential purchasers will be more likely to make an offer if they have been made to feel comfortable and welcome during boat viewings.

Selling a boat can seem like a full time job. The organisation of advertising, arranging viewings, negotiations, sea trials, surveys, not to mention paperwork. All this can be difficult to manage with a busy schedule so why not let Salterns Brokerage do it all for you!


  • A prominent location within Poole’s highest profile marina, ensuring an abundance of ideal potential purchasers.
  • One of the UK’s largest marine databases for direct marketing of your boat.
  • High quality advertising in all major marine magazines and websites.
  • ABYA-approved brokers handling all marketing, viewings, negotiations and paperwork.
  • Prestigious on-site facilities including boatyard, service centre, chandlery, fuel, hotel, bar and restaurant.

We hope you will find our tips useful. If you require our assistance with a free valuation or you would like information about listing your boat for sale with us, please contact us on 01202 707222 or email info@salterns.co.uk

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